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COP21 president Laurent Fabius presides over Paris climate talks

The COP21 Agreement is a Momentous Leap Forward

Every nation on earth has agreed to abide by a historic 31-page climate deal. The signing of the climate agreement in Paris signals the start of globally coordinated efforts to reign-in climate change. History will record that the deal was signed at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change…

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A picture taken on January 14, 2015 shows the logo of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, the Cop 21 summit in Paris, on January 14, 2015.   AFP PHOTO /JACQUES DEMARTHON

Herd Mentality Develops in Run-Up to Paris Climate Talks

A ¨herd¨ mentality has once again developed in the run-up to this year’s climate change treaty negotiations in Paris. If the goal is simply to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect ecosystems and improve socioeconomic justice and equity, a ready-made solution is readily available.

COP21: Paris Outcome - not if but how much?

A Deal in Paris is All But Assured, But How Strong Will It Be?

Delegates, ministers and observers worked late into the night last night deliberating over the latest “clean” text released by the COP presidency on Wednesday afternoon. Slimmed down to from 43 pages to only 29, the text now leaves far fewer options for ministers to decide by the Friday deadline. Many parties have suggested that Wednesday’s text “wasn’t perfect” but was a “good start,” which…

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Guarded optimism remains as the COP21 climate talks in Paris move into high gear

Can the Ghosts of Copenhagen be Exorcised at COP21?

After a week of negotiators working in “spin-off” groups, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP)  completed their work on Saturday with the final compilation of the Paris Outcome draft text officially transmitted to the COP, ready for ministerial negotiation beginning on Monday. Typically, spirits in the plenary hall and meeting rooms rose and fell throughout the week. Friday began with reports…

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Progress continues on draft text at COP21

COP 21 Update: New Draft Text Released

A draft text for a global climate agreement was announced on Thursday morning at COP21, now slimmed down another four pages from the document sent to Paris in late October. At a press conference on Thursday hosted by Climate Action Network International, Kaisa Kosonan of Greenpeace said that negotiations of the current ADP session has “made progress,” especially on defining…

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COP21 press conference announcing $3.4 million in fossil fuel divestment

Record $3.4 Trillion Commitment to Fossil Fuel Divestment

At a press conference on Wednesday at COP21 in Paris, representatives from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the California Senate, the World Resources Institute and the London School of Economics joined 350.org to announce that $3.4 trillion in assets are now committed to some form of divestment from fossil fuels. May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, noted that some of that divestment is partial, divesting only from…

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What if there's no deal at COP21?

COP Out: What If There’s No Deal in Paris?

The start of the COP21 climate talks on Monday mark the end of the beginning for global climate action: a decisive step forward. Or, to put a more pessimistic slant on it, the beginning of the end of a stable climate. But why be pessimistic? Sure, there’s certainly a lot of heavy lifting to do between now and Dec. 11, but no Conference of Parties has begun…

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